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Adapting, exploring and finding belonging

On Friday mornings, a small group of friends often can be found chatting as they sit on couches tucked along a window-lined wall in the FedEx Global Education Center on Carolina’s campus. Conversation flows in varied accents from across the globe.  They found each other thanks to their spouses and partners.  “It’s really boring staying…

‘Catalyst for the transformation’

Having traveled to Brazil countless times, Joseph Hiatt has always wanted to reach out to the Brazilian people and lend a hand. This spring, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s STAR Global project gave him that chance. Hiatt and a team of students helped a struggling community program in Rio de Janeiro develop a robust business model.…

Pursuing other dreams

It wouldn’t be hard to blame Sue Walsh for watching something else when the summer Olympic games come along every four years. In 1980, the then-Tar Heel swimmer made the U.S. Olympic team that ultimately didn’t compete in Moscow because of America’s boycott of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Four years later, after she won…

Well Said: The intersection of politics and the Olympics

The Olympic Games may have been founded to serve as a political-free zone to foster peace, but it hasn’t always worked out that way. As the world turns its attention to for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we’re talking about the intersection of politics and the Olympics with UNC College of Arts…

Professor helps track athletes go for the gold

He’s not a coach and he’s never been to the Olympics, but Carolina’s Bing Yu has helped athletes train for eight Summer Games, including the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. Yu is a professor in Division of Physical Therapy as housed in the School of Medicine’s Department of Allied Health Sciences. He uses his…

Seventeen Tar Heels representing four countries in Rio

The rest of the sports world will stop for nearly a month as more than 10,000 athletes from the around the world compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the Summer Olympic Games. And 17 of those elite athletes are Tar Heels. Representing the United States, Turkey, India and New Zealand, former Carolina student-athletes will…

Sancar accepts O. Max Gardner Award

“I marvel at your success,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings when introducing 2015 Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar at the July 29 Board of Governor’s meeting. Sancar was there to receive the O. Max Gardner Award, the oldest and most prestigious statewide honor given to a faculty member who has “made the greatest contribution to…

Medicine’s Mentors: Kenya McNeal-Trice, MD

Dr. Kenya McNeal-Trice, associate professor of pediatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill and director of the Pediatrics Residency Program at the UNC School of Medicine, opens up about her experiences from Mississippi to Spelman College to Wayne State University to Carolina. Click here for a video — and more — from UNC Health Care. Published July 28,…

Massey winner is a man on a mission

For many years, a photo pinned to the wall of the News Services office showed Mike McFarland crouching on the floor at the National Press Club in Washington, holding a small tape recorder above his head to catch the words of then-Chancellor James Moeser. The caption read, “Our man in the shadows.” McFarland, now director…

Led to do more

As a former high school English teacher, UNC-Chapel Hill Ph.D candidate Ronda Taylor Bullock often felt insufficient. Hundreds of students were coming to high school struggling to read, and she felt ill equipped to tackle what she began to see as a social justice issue. Bullock felt heartbroken and guilty. That guilt was only intensified…